Trump calls Electoral College 'genius' after earlier criticism
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE on Tuesday morning defended the Electoral College as "genius," days after criticizing it.

"The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

He also refuted arguments that he should have lost the presidential race because Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation Questions grow about FBI vetting of Christopher Steele’s Russia expertise MORE defeated him in the popular vote, tweeting, "If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily."


Trump on Sunday told “60 Minutes” that he still has issues with the Electoral College.

“I’m not going to change my mind just because I won,” the president-elect said. “But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win.”

Trump infamously called the Electoral College a "disaster for democracy" during the night of the 2012 election, when it appeared President Obama would lose the popular vote but still win the presidency. Obama ended up winning the popular vote as well when all votes were tallied.

Clinton currently leads Trump in the popular vote by about 800,000 votes, but Trump won the presidency by winning 290 electoral votes.  

Including 2016, a presidential candidate has won the popular vote but lost the presidency five times in American history, most recently Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreScott defeats Nelson in Florida Senate race after bitter recount fight Incoming Michigan Dem will not back Pelosi Florida has chance to redeem itself MORE in 2000.

Millions of supporters have signed a petition calling on members of the Electoral College to vote for Clinton when they meet in December, arguing she should become president because she won popular vote. 

And some Democratic stalwarts have called for a reexamination of the Electoral College. 

"We may want to take a look at the whole Electoral College, which is seating a man for president who didn’t get the most votes. This is something we need a serious discussion on," Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Energy: EPA official steps down after indictment on ethics charges | Sanders to hold town hall on climate | Zinke slams 'environmental radicals' for fires Sanders to host town hall on climate change Sanders on 2020 White House bid: 'We're looking at it' MORE (I-Vt.) said